Summer Series: Women and Their Body Conference: Violence & Sexuality


Epistemic Anti-Female Violence and its Consequences for the Female Body by Björn Freter

Björn Freter received his doctorate with his thesis »On Facticity and Existentiality« in 2014 from Free University, Berlin, Germany. He lives in Knoxville, TN, USA, and works as a Lecturer in World Philosophy at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, UK. His research fields include political philosophy, African philosophy, animal ethics, the phenomenology of normativity, and literary studies. He has published on a wide variety of topics, including pre-Socratic philosophy, Baroque and Classical German literature as well as Decolonization, White Supremacy, and Veganism. His current main research project aims at the Desuperiorization of Philosophy, i.e., developing a radically anti-oppressive moral philosophy, and at the Foundation of Superaltern Studies, a research area investigating the Western superiorist traditions and its self-representation as global moral authority.



Sara Cohen Shabot is Associate Professor at the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, the University of Haifa. She specializes in phenomenology, feminist philosophy, and philosophies of the body. Her present research and publications address feminist philosophical perspectives on childbirth and the maternal embodied subject. Lately, her research has focused on the phenomenon of obstetric violence as
gender violence – and she has published several papers looking at this subject from different philosophical perspectives in journals such as Human Studies, Feminist Theory, The European Journal of Women’s Studies and Hypatia.




Katja Čičigoj is a research assistant and lecturer at the Institute of Philosophy, Klagenfurt University, and a PhD candidate in philosophy at Paderborn University. She has published on Deleuze and Guattari, feminist materialisms, Shulamith Firestone and Simone de Beauvoir. She has translated Shulamith Firestone’s The Dialectic of Sex into Slovene (2019) and is currently editing a volume on feminist utopias of care and reproduction (out in 2023), and co-editing a special issue of Feminist Encounters on feminist technoimaginaries (out in 2025).





Hassan Ali is a Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy at the University of Memphis. Her primary research interests lie in South Asian studies, decolonial philosophy, queer theory, and contemporary continental philosophy.


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